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Grateful Dead Live at Seattle Center Coliseum on 1983-08-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Seattle Center Coliseum on 1983-08-27

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Deep Elem Blues-> My Brother Esau, Brown Eyed Women, Little Red Rooster, Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain-> Deal Touch Of Gray-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Throwing Stones-> Black Peter-> One More Saturday Night, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Seattle Center Coliseum
Location Seattle, WA


Unknown SBD, with AUD patches; via Darryl Hinko


Reviewer: pcijohn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 29, 2016
Subject: I saw every show they played in 83
This was a particularly good memory because usually I was a backstage dancer type and did not look at the band performing much. However, here it was easy to get right up to the stage and I remember going up and dancing right next to Jerry and him forgetting the words to Uncle Johns band --- priceless.
Reviewer: otto man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2014
Subject: digital
was at this show. Yes lots of tapers plugged into a vhs dig deck. Still have my masters.This sure sounds like my tape. Yes on senn 441s also.
Reviewer: galapogos griff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2012
Subject: How time changes things.......
So, I went to the 83 Greek shows in May and remembering that my hometown shows of SEA and PDX in August paled in comparison (though a great Scarlet>Fire in PDX).

And it was always the case that folks here in seattle felt the worst dead shows in

But this is really good. Yes the great Jack and Deal that is noted.

It was all just my bad attitude. Funny.

Perhpas that's why I have so much fun today at Furthur. No going in to shows with all sorts of expectations and bad attitude. Just there to have a "good time" one more time........never had such a good time, in my life before.......
Reviewer: klaussmith - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2012
Subject: Great Show, Great Tape
Great sounding tape, better than my master, (although it’s been 15+ years since I gave it a listen), I remember a very good first set, A+ Jack Straw with Phil all over the place and one of my all time favorite Brown Eyen Women, Jerry bells out the “Drink down a bottle and you’re ready to kill” with gusto. Solid 2nd set with a very good Uncle John’s. Listen / download whichever it is worth your time.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2010
Subject: Yes, best source
Sounds like a senn 441? At any rate, it's a top notch FOB.

Very tight jack straw opener with lots of bombs. All the first set has an extra oomph of driving jam. A long extended playin is the highlight of the second set.

5 star sound
4+ for the show

Reviewer: RAMBUS KING - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2009
Subject: BEST SOUND of those posted...
I have loved this show for 24 years. I had a cassette copy from a digital recording of this and this version sounds VERY similar, and even better. I do believe this was from a digital source, probably 16-bit linear PCM recorded onto VHS - same quality as DAT, just recorded on a larger tape.
Phil, Jerry & Bob team up to totally crush the Jack Straw. Phil is at a very proper level on this tape...

Reviewer: adeadhead6695 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2007
Subject: phil's trip
ok so best i recall rumor had and was printed in a Relix i beleive that Phil was dosed this show and it really kicked in during jack straw hence the many thunderous chords, and actually i had an early not gr8 recording of this later on got a 1st or 2nd gen and this was one of the 1st real good i audience recordings possibly in front of board and on i think that time VHS or some almost digital tape recording, very good stuff actually, 83 jerry was real messsed but the shows i recall being quite intense and jerry shows of the day were quite the work out, this show also has the esau which is nice as well as early versions of t ouch grey and stones all and all a solid show we would all pay dearly to see now
Reviewer: Funkalicious - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2007
Subject: solid show
The 1st set provides some solid playing with a few high points (Jack Straw, Deep Elem Blues). Jerry and Bobby are certainly in fine form! However, the pre-drums portion of set 2 is tasty (except for the lyrical flubs).
Reviewer: lehighvet88 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2006
Subject: 5 Stars For First Set Alone
Sorry, but this first set features some of my favorite versions of some songs. The Jack Straw just rips with Jerry and Phil in outstading form, Deep Elem is tight and crisp, Esau features some great percussion which the quality of this Aud really brings out, Brown Eyed Women is absolutely gorgeous, Rooster has Jerry playing some fantastic licks, Rain, which I normally don't like, builds to an amazing finish that blows up the place, and the Deal seems to go on forever with Jerry just laying it out there. The second set is ok, but not remarkable. I would recommend the first set to anyone, some shows may have better "moments", but as a whole this is one of my faves. IMHO
Reviewer: Thymer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2005
Subject: Thymer
Lil' lagging. Jerry was on his crack trip then. Was really St. of Circumstancially looking for a good Esau.

Just waiting for the jam while I am currently listening to Deep Elm Blues. Jerry's guitar's are a honey suckle rose.
Reviewer: Dylanstubs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2005
Subject: Great aud recording
Not a SBD, but who cares. This sounds wonderful. Nice little show. :)
Reviewer: samstein - favoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: meh....
outstanding, seriously rocking Jack Straw... and then a very good Deep Elem (as far as Deep Elems go)... and then the rest of the show is mainly standard 80s fare

download the Jack Straw, and maybe the Deal, and move on
Reviewer: MarkStar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: Bombs Away
One word...Phil

Jack Straw is one of the best ever. This show rips.
Reviewer: Tony Bolony - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2005
Subject: A Bit Muddy in Set 2
Regardles of what notes are with this data, its an audience tape.
The instruments are totally human-driven.

Nice solid Jack Straw complete with Phil Bombs :-)

The "Proto" Touch of Grey starts out like a confused Foolish Heart, but builds.
Reviewer: WoodWarbler - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: Buck Dancer's Rules By Now?
Well I finally figured out how to send reviews in here and this is the show I'm listening to at the moment. This is a decent audience board. Highlights are the Jack Straw opener, very tight Deep Elem Blues, a slammin' Deal, a solid proto-Touch Of Grey. I am, after all, a "Touch Of Grey-Head" who got into the scene in the late '80s, so I'm partial to the latter portions of their repertoire. However...Jerry flubs "Uncle John's Band," which is sad...reminds me of the final Highgate, VT show. "Throwing Stones" is great though, and Jerry's backup vocals shine toward the end. Bobby sounds very solid throughout. Jerry's guitar work is good overall, making this very listenable. I thoroughly enjoyed the Drums>Space quite a bit with the bird song twittering effects. Black Peter is resplendent. Saturday Night is rushed and flubbed a bit. I might find my way back to this show sometime or another...
Reviewer: Jack Straw from Carolina - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2004
Subject: Amen
Such a beautiful Jack Straw, but also an amazing Deal and a second set that is worth many listens as well. I have only listened to may copy of an audience recording.
Reviewer: babyhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2004
Subject: Great show!
From the first note you will be experiencing high octane GD. This is my favorite Jack Straw hands down. Check out the interplay between Jerry and Phil. Massive cerebral attack on the senses. You will be hooked! Also noteworthy is the Touch of Grey. A different feel for this tune as the second set opener. NO duds throughout the show. Download this show! Here is the lineage for the audience source: NAK 700>sony D-5>MC>HHB CD writer. Where is the soundboard? I sure would love to hear it.
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